University of Turku, Finland

The academic history of Turku reaches all the way to the 13th century, when citizens of Turku went to study in the universities of Central Europe. In 1640, Finland’s first university, the Royal Academy of Turku, was founded by Queen Christina of Sweden.

The University of Turku was established in 1920 with the help of a fund-raising campaign. The University of Turku was Finland’s first Finnish university.

The university’s founding years were Finland’s first as an independent country. This spirit of patriotism can be seen in the old, but still used, university’s motto: From a Free People to Free Science and Learning.

Contact person(s): 
Johanna Yliskylä-Peuralahti, Project Manager, Research and Consulting Services,Ph.D. 
Helena Ruotsala, PhD, professor 
Sakari Kajander, Head of Research and Consulting Services 
Päivi Mikkola, Chief Operating Officer